I was talking with a patron about the sad state of live action video game movies and he mentioned this to me. So, I give it a try and… Well…
This movie goes into Ken and Ryu’s training in the mountains with their master and while, yes; this movie is much better than Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Dragonball, and BloodRayne, I have to say this was very boring.
I understand these are video game avatars before they are characters but they are so cliche and predictable, I couldn’t even find it funny. Whoever made Ken’s wig was clearly out to torture the actor. I know that’s what the game character looks like but I have true difficulty believing any person – especially a martial artist whose survival may depend on a clear field of vision – would leave that much hair hanging in their face all the time.
Even though it’s campy, predictable, and somehow so slow I was bored enough to fall asleep (I never made it to disk 2), I can tell there was more effort, pride, and care in this movie than in any other movie I’ve mentioned in this post. I wanted to like this, I really did; but I just felt tired during this; wondering what book I could be reading. And that’s a shame, too. It’s a pretty movie to look at and, like I said, effort was obviously made to make something cool for the genre.